The Potorous platyops is a species of kangaroo rat originating in Australia, now disappeared.
The first was discovered in 1839 and it was described by John Gould in 1844, but it was already rare at the time and only ten individuals were identified, the last in 1875. It is one of rare the vertebrate missings recently whose extinction is not directly related to the arrival of Europeans on the continent. The remainders of these animals show that in the beginning they probably had a vast domain of distribution from the coasts of the southernmost Australia to the coasts of the Western Australia until the north of the North-western course.
The preserved individuals show that they were smaller than the other kangaroo rats with a length head-body of 24 cm and a tail of 18 cm. Peeling was gray on the back, white dirty on the belly and it resembled a large rat with small round ears, a relatively short muzzle and rebounded cheeks.
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